April has been decent overall this year for tarpon. Honeslty not quite as good as last year though not bad. We’ve just had to work at it a lot of days and some days that leads to banner fishing and some days just a few fish. But that’s fishing! We’ve still been having some late cold fronts (though at least not major tempearture drops – just northerly winds) and very windy days, which can make fishing a little more tricky. I’m hoping May/June is going to be on fire for us but we will see what happens!
Here is a great video of Glen catching his first tarpon he fished with me for 2 days. We caught several each day though on the first day he wasn’t able to get a ‘face grab’ but on day 2 the first fish of the day cooperated for that!
Well tarpon fishing is really starting to heat up. We’ve had quite a few late cold fronts throughout March and every time things have started to get right, it seems to get shut down again. And unfortunately I must say we have another cold front coming this weekend dropping back into the low 60s so it might slow things down yet again. But this may bode well for anglers coming later in May/June, as many of the fish haven’t been ‘picked on’ yet so the latter part of the season hopefully will be strong. The other day fishing was phenomenal we had a banner day releasing 13 tarpon at the bridges. Today the bite wasn’t quite as hot but we still released 5. That’s technical releases too as many of the fish you aren’t really able to get rolled over easily for pictures plus there are lots of sharks around trying to eat them so we try to preserve the tarpons life. Here is a crazy clip of a shark trying to eat our tarpon the other day that we broke off and managed to chase the shark away from the tarpon.
Well tarpon season seems to be in full swing now getting into mid March. Late cold fronts in February and even one a couple weeks ago in early March had held off the big droves of tarpon from showing up. This isn’t always a bad thing though especially for our prime months of April, May, and June. Sometimes if the fishing gets red hot in February/March it seems like the May/June timeframe sometimes gets tougher. So hopefully this bodes well for the later ‘prime season’ months. This past weekend we had a few flat calm days and I figured the tarpon would show up hot & heavy and they did. I didn’t fish the last couple days but heard good reports. We got out today and it was very good we went 4 for 4 on tarpon and only spent a couple hours doing it as my guys didn’t want to pull on big critters all day, so we spent the last half of the day catching a good number of snook. But now we’ll pretty much be in full on tarpon mode the next several months.
I’m pretty much booked up for all of April but I haven’t started booking many May dates yet, only for regulars and customers who are looking to mount a trophy tarpon catch. If you are in the latter category drop me a line and we can get you in on prime May tarpon dates. Otherwise I’ll be opening up my May days to new customers at the end of this month. Otherwise I have Capt. Brandon Storin running my old boat and he’s been doing very well with the tarpon too and he’s taking all the advanced bookings he can get.
Have caught a couple tarpon the last few trips out. Not red hot yet but they are definitely showing up. Another calm day or two and I think they’ll be a bit happier. But for now if you really want one, gotta put the time in and sometimes dedicate a good portion of the day for hopefully a shot or two. Here is a cool video of Kim’s recent tarpon!
Hello my name is Capt. Rick Stanczyk and welcome to my website! I’m a fishing guide in the fabulous Florida Keys, Islamorada to be specific. Tarpon are the species I spend a lot of time fishing for and they are my passion. I’m slowly stepping back from full-time guiding though I’m still fishing through the end of this year regularly, and will be fishing a limited schedule in 2023. I have a team of young talented guides who I've been training that are available for tarpon charters, so please get in touch if you want to go fishing!